De La Hoya: GGG Taking June Fight Is “Disrespectful”
Golden Boy Promotions CEO Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (48-1-1, 34 KOs), has warned Gennady Golovkin – that if he intends to go forward with a fight June – then it would derail a lucrative showdown with Canelo in September.
Golovkin, who last Saturday night won a twelve round unanimous decision over Daniel Jacobs to retain his middleweight titles at New York’s Madison Square Garden, is in talks to fight in Kazakhstan in the month of June.
There are ongoing talks for Golovkin to stake his IBF, IBO, WBA, WBC middleweight titles against undefeated Billy Joe Saunders, who holds the WBO world title.
Canelo returns to the ring on May 6th, to battle countryman Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
De La Hoya wants to start promoting the Golovkin fight immediately after the Chavez PPV, and says Golovkin’s plan to fight in June would kill a September showdown with Canelo – because there are so many risk factors involved.
"A June Golovkin fight would be a disrespect to everybody," De La Hoya said to ESPN. "How serious do they want to make this fight happen? He could get cut, he could get dropped, he could get beat. You can hurt a hand. It would be too close to September and would not give us the proper time to promote a fight of this magnitude. The June fight would derail everything.
"How can we take a risk on him getting cut or hurt? We have sponsors who want to begin to promote the day after the Chavez fight."
Golovkin’s promoter, Tom Loeffler of K2 Promotions, sees no problem with his boxer taking an interim-fight. He states that Golovkin waited on Canelo last year and the fight never happened, so GGG ended up fighting only twice when he usually fights at least three to four times a year.
"I don’t think that’s relevant," Loeffler said. "We waited for Canelo last year, and it meant Gennady only fought twice. Kazakhstan really wants him to fight at home because it’s World Expo 2017. We’ll see. We’ll continue negotiations with Golden Boy and see how it progresses. There are a lot of points that need to be addressed."